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In a bid to further broaden their sphere of gas deposit exploration in Nigeria, the Federal Government of Nigeria, a team of professional experts and some other operators in the oil sector have begun investigations into the possibility of gas deposits in Enugu State, particularly around the vicinity of Caritas University following the fire incident that raged for about three weeks from a gas reservoir in the institution.
Also, the Federal government has announced that it had embarked on a survey of hydrocarbon deposits across the country, as officials of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission, an agency of the Federal Government stated that the fire from the gas reservoir at Caritas suddenly stopped on its own.
The fire at the reservoir had started on May 22, 2022, after some workers who were drilling a borehole in the area had noticed a gas leak from the site, which was discovered not to have erupted from a gas pipeline.
The Chief Executive Officer, NUPRC, Gbenga Komolafe, had announced to journalists that investigations were ongoing at the site to ascertain the level of deposits in the reservoir.
He also stated that other states in Nigeria were being surveyed for hydrocarbon deposits as well, adding that this was being done by the Federal Government through the commission, its partner agencies and experts.
Responding to a question on whether investigations were ongoing to determine the country’s hydrocarbon deposits, Komolafe, who was represented by the Owerri Zonal Coordinator, NUPRC, Enorense Amadasu, said, “Yes, that is presently being done.
“The whole of Niger Delta has been covered by survey, some parts of the North-East, North-Central, North-West and also parts of the Anambra Basin, among others.
“The surveys are still going on and even from this (gas reservoir fire) result the commission is putting mechanisms in place to work with other stakeholders to see how to acquire seismic data that will further enable us to know exactly what kind of hydrocarbon that is in this part of the country.”
The Eastern Updates